911347 Soil problems in aridic and semiaridic regions

Semester hours
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Sommersemester 2023
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The course will be structured in the following thematic blocks:
- Ecology and fundamentals of arid and semiarid areas.
- The role of water
- Soil types
- Erosion and desertification
- Agriculture
- Soil greenhouse gases
- Fire
- Global Change

General theory will be presented along with recent research focusing on soils in arid and semiarid areas.

Dates for SS 2023 are:
Preliminary discussion: 1st of March, 10:00-10:30 (online)
Lectures -> Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23th March, from 9:00 to 12:00

Specific details gill be given in the preliminary discussion.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge on soils and ecosystems

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

By the end of the lecture, the students will be able:
- To describe the main ecological and socio-economic features of arid and semiarid areas.
- To identify and discuss limitations and opportunities of agricultural production (croplands and livestock) in arid and semiarid areas.
- To assess the relevance of soils in arid and semiarid areas for the production and consumption of greenhouse gases.
- To discuss potential consequences of global change in arid and semiarid areas
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.